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The fifth and sixth power units of the Zaporozhye NPP. archive photo

Balitsky: The risk of nuclear disaster, as in Chernobyl, is reduced to zero in ZNPP

MOSCOW, August 10 – RIA Novosti. There cannot be a nuclear disaster like Chernobyl at the Zaporizhzhya nuclear power plant – all precautions have been taken, the plant works in safe mode, all threats will be neutralized,” Deputy Governor of the Zaporozhye Region Evgeny Balitsky said in an interview with RIA Novosti.

“When the Soviet Union (ZNPP – ed.) built it, special security conditions were created, security measures were taken, accordingly this project was implemented. One of the most important: there is a sarcophagus under each reactor. The incident is a manifestation of the unpredictable development of events, as at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant. As a result, the reactor will break stocks and go underground to a great enough depth and, of course, be buried there. Therefore, such a direct threat that people fear the most – a nuclear explosion – is either acceptable or unacceptable, or reduced to one thousandth of a percent (ed.) … Therefore, we are not afraid of it, “he said. An interview with RIA Novosti.

Dry storage of spent nuclear fuel (SHSF) at the Zaporozhye NPP in Energodar - RIA Novosti, 1920, 08/09/2023

The Armed Forces of Ukraine tried to attack the spent nuclear fuel tank in the ZNPP

At the same time, he noted that the risk of contamination of the regions remains, but all necessary security measures have been taken. “In the event of overflow of the Kakhovka reservoir due to the overturning of the bridges, Dnepropetrovsk, Zaporozhye dams, it was possible in the event of flooding – a sufficiently large amount of water has accumulated there. Accordingly, if an object is filled with water, then yes it is theoretically possible to spread radioactive pollution through water. If the thing floods, the electricity does not work. We also thought of such a doomsday scenario, measures were taken. I assure everyone that the probability of any consequences, including imminent consequences, as in Chernobyl, is minimized. The measures adopted, today the nuclear power plant is in an absolutely safe mode “It’s working and any real threat of release will be neutralized,” he said.

Zaporozhye NPP is located on the left bank of the Dnieper, near the town of Energodar. This is the largest nuclear power plant in Europe in terms of the number of units and installed capacity – the power plant has six power units with a capacity of 1 gigawatt each. In October 2022, the nuclear power plant became the property of the Russian Federation. The Ukrainian army continues to regularly bombard Enerhodar and the territory of the Zaporozhye nuclear power plant adjacent to the city. Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said the Kiev regime was trying to create the appearance of a nuclear catastrophe threat by continuing to deliberately bomb the ZNPP. The International Atomic Energy Agency has repeatedly expressed the need to create a security zone around the ZNPP.

Zaporozhye NGS - RIA Novosti, 1920, 20.07.2023

IAEA experts found no explosives at Zaporozhye NPP

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